The Rotherham United manager Paul Warne says he’s been ‘desperate’ to sign George Hirst for some time, with his interest stretching back to the striker’s Sheffield Wednesday days.

Hirst is due to spend the 2020/21 campaign back in South Yorkshire, after completing a temporary move from Leicester City to Rotherham on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old came through the ranks at Hillsborough but left to join OH Leuven in 2018, having rejected a new contract and been barred from representing the Owls at any level for the best part of a year.

Hirst in action for Leuven. (Photo by Plumb Images/Getty Images)

Leicester’s affiliation with Leuven allowed the Premier League side to sign Hirst easily at the end of his first year in Belgium.

The Foxes chose to keep the 21-year-old around last season, and even used him twice in the Premier League.

But Rotherham, at long last, have their man.

“A lot of time (has gone into the transfer),” Warne told BBC Radio Sheffield on Thursday. “I’ve been trying to sign him for the last two years, well two and a half years, I’ve been desperate to get him in.”

Asked if Hirst had a point to prove after his Wednesday exit, Warne replied: “Not from my point of view. I’m not bothered about the histrionics about that.”

Hirst was photographed at one of Rotherham United’s fixtures while still under contract at Sheffield Wednesday in August 2017.

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